A New Lease of Life

Urbo Homes
National Renovation up to $750,000

Bay of Plenty & Central Plateau
Renovation up to $750,000

National Special Award
National Category Winner
Top 100

Regional Supreme Renovation of the Year
Regional Category Winner
Regional Gold 

About the build:

This lakeside bach has been cherished by the same family since it was built in the 1930s but has recently been given a new lease of life with an exquisite makeover and much-needed 54sqm extension. Reminiscent of a cosy hunting cabin,  the interior exudes a welcoming warmth that retains the character of the original dwelling. Where possible, existing rimu timber has been recycled. The bespoke kitchen rangehood has been crafted with copper salvaged from the original build and is offset with handmade artisan tiles.

The country-style cabinetry is another striking element of the revamped space. Carefully considered detailing such as panelled walls in the main bedroom, 

bespoke barn doors and timber-look tiles in the ensuite enhance the rustic aesthetic. With sleeping space at a premium for this multi-generational family, a third bedroom was added, and the kitchen pushed out and reconfigured to create more entertaining space. The bach, which started life at 96sqm, is now a 150sqm home. Spacious decks were added to allow year-round entertaining and provide the perfect spot to enjoy family barbecues, watch the sunset or simply soak up the tranquil lake views.

Judges comments:

This Historic, 100-year-old fishing  cottage, located on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, has been in the family since the day it was built, and has been passed on from generation to generation. 

It has been sympathetically renovated in a manner that preserves the original character while extended to accommodate the family for future generations. All the facilities have been updated to a very high standard including modernised insulation, new exterior cladding, and an extension to accommodate a new kitchen and master bedroom. The builder has successfully retained the original character of the  old cottage whilst bringing it into the  21st century.